Section: Close Up HU



Petra Szőcs
Hungary, 2018, 76 Min

A sensitive, subtle and cliché-free portrait about a girl with albinism in the bilingual Transylvanian town of Déva who manages to break free from her outsider role.

Kató, still only a teenager, stands at her mother's grave. She sells the funeral wreath to a florist for 50 Lei. She has long white hair and feels like an outsider, even though she is in fact treated fairly in the orphanage by both the care workers and fellow children, the latter for the most part much younger than her. When Bogi, a new sports teacher from Budapest, arrives Kató comes to life and, like the other children, wants her to stay. Believed by the others to be in possession of magical powers Kato proceeds, in unison with her fellow orphaned children, to place a “curse” on the regular teacher Anna in an attempt to free up a vacancy.

In an approach that is lyrical and realistic in equal manner director Petra Szöcs captures what is an unconventional coming-of-age story. She intentionally leaves plenty of room for interpretation, relying in the process on three excellent, hitherto little-known actresses: the young Csengelle Nagy (Kató), Boglárka Komán (Bogi) and Fatma Mohamed (Anna). Complete with its castle, the both medieval and post-socialist town of Déva and the laid-back, very natural Hungarian-Romanian bilingualism all contribute to the charm of this beautifully filmed, small masterpiece. JT

DCP | Farbe / Colour
Petra Szőcs
Zoltán Dévényi
Imre Madácsi
László Dunai
Csengelle Nagy, Fatma Mohamed, Boglárka Komán, Botond Páll
Peter Fulop
fpfilms Peter Fulop +36304439893
WIDE Management
Matthias Angoulvant

17 rue cadet
Petra Szőcs

Petra Szőcs - born in 1981 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Director and poet. Her short films took part in international film festivals, including Cannes, Sarajevo and Clermont-Ferrand. She has also written two volumes of poetry. DEVA is her feature film debut, which premiered last year in Venice.

THE SLAVERY (2007, short)
HIDE-AND-SEEK (2009, short)
THE EXECUTION (2014, short, FFC 2014)
LIMP LIKE THAT (2016, short)

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